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Purism Aims To Build A Philosophically Pure Laptop

librem-desk-angle_jpg_project-body Purism Librem 15 is a laptop that is not free as in beer but it is instead free as in “absolutely free and open and uncontrolled by outside forces ensures complete control of every aspect of the hardware at all times.” And that’s a good thing. Created by Todd Weaver, the laptop is being funded on CrowdSupply and has already hit $270,000, surpassing its $250,000 goal. An… Read More

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John Biggs

January 23rd

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Researchers Create A Teleportation Machine

b52 While you probably don’t want this latest project from the Hasso Plattner Institute to “beam you up” just yet, researchers have created a teleportation machine in that the object you are “sending” is destroyed and then reassembled on a 3D printer. Teleportation, as it’s commonly understood, suggests the movement of one object to another place, perhaps… Read More

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John Biggs

January 22nd

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Fly Or Die: The Jamstik+

JamStik Strum We’re back after a long break and I bet you missed our mugs on TC’s Fly or Die. This week we present the Jamstik+, a surprisingly cool little musical instrument that immediately got Jordan a-humming and a-strumming. You can take a closer look at the Jamstik+ here but, generally, you’re looking at a mini-guitar that is actually a MIDI keyboard. By playing this thing as you… Read More

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John Biggs

January 22nd

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The New Jamstik+ Is A Musician’s Best Friend

JamStik As a wannabe guitarist, I find that the hardest thing to do is sit down and actually play guitar. When I first saw the Jamstik, a six-fret mini electronic guitar, I was impressed. It was about as big as a sub bun and featured strings that never had to be tuned. To play it you simply chorded and strummed as usual and you could transmit your MIDI-translated noodlings to a mobile app or your desktop. Read More

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John Biggs

January 22nd

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New “Dry” EKG Sensors Pave The Way For Advanced Wearable Heath Devices

85362_web Researchers at North Carolina State University have built a new form of “dry” EKG/EMG sensors that allow doctors to get high-density data on a patient’s heart performance in a package that can be worn for extended periods of time. Traditional EKG sensors require a wet gel layer to be placed down between a patient’s skin and the sensor and cannot be left on the body for… Read More

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John Biggs

January 21st

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Spark Announces A Jolly, Candy-Like Button For Your Wi-Fi Interactivity Needs, IFTTT Interactions

Internet Button 3 If you, like Stimpy, can’t stop yourself from pressing buttons due to Space Madness, Spark has something for you. A new product, called the Spark Button, is essentially just that: a button. What will happen when you press it? Maybe something good? Maybe something bad? I guess we’ll never know. But what we will know is that this is essentially an interface device for the Spark… Read More

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John Biggs

January 21st

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Sharebox3D Lets You Share 3D Printers With Friends, Family, Enemies

20141216082440-devices The folks behind Sharebot, a simple 3D printer, have taken to Indiegogo to introduce Sharebox3D, a system for sharing 3D printers with remote users. The app, which works on smartphones and tablets, allows you to choose a model and print it just as you would print a document on a 2D printer. The app lets you store model files (STLs) and slice them on the fly, turning them into models that a… Read More

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John Biggs

January 20th

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How The Watch Industry Will Save Itself

watch-market3 The night before the launch I asked a friend who had insider knowledge about the product. I posited that the watch would be something you wore on one wrist and that I could wear my beloved mechanicals – my massive Bell & Ross, my Speedmaster Mark II, and my world timer Jaeger-LeCoultre – on my other wrist. I’d be a little like Nicolas Hayek, the beloved CEO of the… Read More

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John Biggs

January 19th

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A Million-Dollar Robot Suit Is Available On Amazon Japan

mech-2-620x620 A few years ago something called a Kuratas, a robotic mech suit that allowed the wearer to fire a BB Gatling gun whenever they smile at their vanquished enemies. When it appeared in 2012 everyone thought it was a funny joke. Now it’s available on Amazon Japan for $1 million. The robot is obviously a bit hobbled – the powers that be don’t want us going all Mechwarrior down at… Read More

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John Biggs

January 16th

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Duke Researchers Create Artificial Human Muscles

muscle-figure-005-red As a representative of M.U.S.C.L.E., I find artificial muscles a bit unseemly. However, researchers at Duke University have been able to grow their own twitching tissue, a first that could allow researchers to test drugs on working muscle without damaging a live host. Read More

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John Biggs

January 14th

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